# Tabitha Cambodia. When a person begins to work in a Third World Country – they should always ask questions before they design the answers.

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Tabitha Cambodia

When a person begins to work in a Third World Country – they should always ask questions before they design the answers.

90% of poverty is attitudinal. People have moved into despair, have given up hope – have given up trying.

 People save a little money each week – When they begin it is.25 cents a week  They save for 10 weeks - \$2.50  Tabitha pays the family 10%- or.25  The family now has \$2.75  The family buys 5 baby chicks at.50 cents each

Saves for another 10 weeks - \$2.50 plus.25 cents interest= \$2.75 Sells the chickens for \$10 each – \$52.75 Buys a sack of rice – 50 kilos – cost is \$40.00 Buys 20 chicks for \$10.00 Buys second hand clothes for the children

 Family saves \$5.00 - \$55.50  Sells 20 chickens - \$200.00  Plants seeds for garden  Pays \$15.00 for well  Buys Water Pump for \$190  Buys 30 chickens - \$15.00

pots and pans pay school fees buy cement posts to build a house or buy a bicycle

to raise pigs ducks or chickens family garden or fish

A widow and children are too poor First they get water to grow rice Then a water jar to store the water They buy blankets and ice box

They save to buy pigs And to raise chickens From this ----To this

In Svay Rieng 200 families lived in small huts and on small plots of land – hunger was always there.

The Tabitha volunteer was elected as village chief. He went to the government and asked for land for the families. Each family was given 100 square meters of land Tabitha gave wells to encourage the people

The government banned the import of meat and so they raised pigs They grew gardens that supplied a healthy diet and food to sell They raised chickens and ducks for food and selling And each cycle they saved to buy house materials until…. UNTILL

For some families, they need extra help-Tabitha house building volunteers come from all over the world and build for those who cannot build for themselves

More than 12,000 volunteers from all over the world have come to build 6,878 houses.

Villagers and chiefs join in to build a school Once there is a donor – construction begins

Desks for Students Blackboard and Teachers Desks are included

Financial Sustainability and Cottage Industry Financial sustainability is derived partly from cottage industry Sales pay for 80% of all administrative costs It teaches Cambodians to take pride in Cambodian made products It is an alternative for street women.

Cottage Industry helps to restore dignity, pride and self respect to those who have lost this through poverty, Aids and famine.

Women are the mainstay of all families – when a mother is sick – all families suffer

When a woman becomes too sick – the family will often sell all that they own – land, animals and sometimes children

First we will build a hospital Second we will out fit the hospital

Third we will have mobile clinics that will go out to all areas in Cambodia In time – every woman in Cambodia will have access to healthcare

SUMMARY Tabitha helps families change their lives

From this...

to a secure home

to having sources of income

to having children in school

to growing vegetables for food and for sale

to having dignity restored through decent labor

Cambodia’s Future

ON behalf of our families and staff we say Akun - Thank you

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